Malaria & Safety – Nxai Pan NP

Anthony Ham
By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the 'Botswana & Namibia' guide.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.

Anthony is the author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.

Travel Alert

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Travel Alert


It’s very rare for a visitor to Botswana to experience crime – especially in the parks and reserves, such as Nxai Pan. It’s a safe African destination to visit, in our opinion.

Nxai Pan NP is often visited on a mobile or self-drive safari, but visitors need to be very careful in the Wet season because roads can become treacherous.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Vaccinations are necessary for a visit to Botswana, so seek advice from your travel clinic or local doctor. Nxai Pan lies in a high-risk malaria zone, and the risk is highest in the rainy season. Taking antimalarial medication is recommended. Other safety measures that can be taken include applying insect repellent (that contains at least 30% DEET) and covering up in the evening.

Wildlife Viewing

It’s common sense to be cautious of wild animals – their behavior is often unpredictable. Lodges usually have a safety briefing – take any warnings seriously and listen to the advice given.

When on an organized safari, you should always listen carefully to the instructions of the guide. When on a self-drive safari, it is essential to stay in your car inside the park except in areas designated as safe to leave your vehicle.

For more information, please read the 'wildlife viewing safety precautions' below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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